The Save South Africa (SSA) campaign is a desperate attempt by concerned and patriotic citizens to wrest our country from the clutches of foreign commercial parasites, a clarion call of “back to basics” and a yearning for the old-fashioned values of ubuntu.
The biggest challenge for all South Africans is to reclaim the country, recapture our government and public institutions, and reassert our moral fibre and human values as a nation. The SSA is endeavouring to mobilise black and white, rich and poor, urban and rural, young and old, employed and unemployed, to come together to save our nation, for the good of us all.
SSA’s founding principles are premised on the Preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, when it declares: “We, the people of South Africa, recognise the injustices of our past; honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it; united in our diversity”.
Our president has failed us. He was found by the Constitutional Court to have acted in “violation of his constitutional responsibilities in his dealing with the public protector’s report on Nkandla, and thereby to have flouted his oath of office”, says SSA’s founding statement. SSA is equally troubled by parliament’s failure to hold the government and the president accountable.
SSA is openly advocating that our country be led by someone who is proper and fit to hold the office of state president. SSA argues that the president is obliged to protect, defend and uphold our constitution. Our country has been mismanaged and misdirected into the shameful path of political manipulation, dishonesty and unbridled criminality, orchestrated from the highest office of the land.
The movement intends to inculcate the values of democracy, national sovereignty and territorial integrity in the nation; to remind all and sundry that our struggle was just, executed with courage, discipline and ethical leadership. We all had a vision of a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.
Today, those hopes and dreams are dashed by a rapacious predatory elite. The SSA believes that “the dignity that has briefly been bestowed on those most marginalised by apartheid is being ripped away as state resources are misappropriated with impunity by this criminal enterprise”.
During the liberation struggle, our forebears sought to emancipate us from all shackles of political oppression, economic exploitation and social degradation. The objectives of those before us was to liberate our country so that our people should be able to enjoy all the benefits of a free state. It was envisaged that all the socio-economic difficulties confronting our people would be eliminated. All of that, it was believed, would be enshrined and anchored in the constitution. The president of the country would be the custodian of that.
Apartheid South Africa, with its repulsive racial discrimination, attracted the attention of the world as a pariah state. During those days we had people who carried the mantle of being the leaders and symbolised people who occupied the high moral ground against that immoral system. That was one of the main reasons that doors opened for us in West and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. Our leaders were viewed as highly ethical, and carried the African brand of ubuntu with pride and honour.
Fast forward to 2016 – 22 years after we obtained our freedom, we are close to being the political skunks that racist South Africa was in 1986, when the United States Congress, the United Nations and other international platforms voted to isolate the country. Today, South Africa’s head of state is called in the National Assembly a “criminal”, “rapist” “racketeer in chief” by his opponents. Our country is daily attempting to be saved from economic downgrades by global grading agencies.
All of this happens because our country is associated with political criminality, nepotism, corruption, state-orchestrated money-laundering and other highly questionable decisions, such as quitting the International Criminal Court, firing a highly reputable minister of finance and what others call the outsourcing of the country to family members and friends of the political elite.
The international community sees us as a nation led by a schizophrenic president. He lives in a make-believe reality. We fire a minister of finance, then we do not understand the reasons for the consequence that followed. When billions of rands are wiped off the stock market, we go on a tangent and blame imaginary foreign enemies, when actually the real enemy was our own decision. Presenting Des van Rooyen to both domestic and foreign capital markets was an act of grotesque foolishness.
SSA believes that it is the civic movement that will have to mop up the mess and restore our respectability as a nation at home and abroad. Civil society should redirect South Africa to be the bastion of human rights that we promised to be in the early days of our democracy. The world is holding its breath as it hopes that great men and women of this nation will rise up and put South Africa back in place in the family of nations.
The naked truth about our country is that things are falling apart. The glorious movement of liberation has been turned into a fiefdom of desperate and uncouth political criminal gangs. The Save South Africa initiative is aimed at promoting good governance, respect for the rule of law and the defence of our constitutional democracy. Its non-partisan stance gives a platform to all citizens to stand up and be counted, for the salvation of our native land.